Emmitsburg, Maryland: National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
About Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton:
She is the first native-born saint in the U.S. and is honored in a special way at this shrine. Born in 1774 to a prominent New York family, Elizabeth Ann Seton went through several trying periods after her father died and re-married, until she herself married, had children, was widowed, converted to Catholicism and eventually founded the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph and established the first Catholic school in the U.S.
About the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg:
The Shrine is where she lived from 1809 until her death in 1821. The Basilica houses her tomb, but the grounds also offers a glimpse of the place she lived: the “white house” built for her in 1815 as well as the older “stone house” built around 1750
Tours of the Shrine are available every hour on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. It includes the Stone House, White House, Mortuary Chapel and, of course, the Basilica where she is buried.
Mass is Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Confessions are heard after each Mass.
Half-day retreats are offered on Sundays that include Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration, and Benediction.
Traveling to the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg:
Emmitsburg is home to both the Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Lourdes Grotto, so it is easy to combine the two.
Address: 339 South Seton Avenue Emmitsburg, MD 21727
GPS coordinates: 39° 41′ 57.9408” N, 77° 19′ 31.2456” W
Tel: +1 (301) 447-6606 Fax: +1 (301) 447-6061
e-mail: use the contact form on their website.
Click here for the official website of the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg. Lots of great information, not only about her life story, but the shrine as well.